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The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Dover Children's Thrift Classics) (original 1917; edition 2000)

by Thornton W. Burgess

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Title:The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver (Dover Children's Thrift Classics)
Authors:Thornton W. Burgess
Info:Dover Publications (2000), Edition: Unabridged, Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:1919, 1910s, fantasy, childrens

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The Adventures of Paddy the Beaver by Thornton W. Burgess (1917)



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As this delightful story opens, something strange is going on! The waters of the Laughing Brook and Smiling Pool have become a mere trickle, causing alarm among the creatures of the Green Forest. It seems Jerry Muskrat's cousin, Paddy the Beaver, has come south to make himself a new home. That means he had to stop the waters that flowed in the Laughing Brook and Smiling Pool to make a fine new pond for himself and a comfortable home of sticks and mud. But what will happen to the waterways in the Green Forest? Young readers will find out in this charming tale of woodland adventure, as the gentle, good-natured beaver wins over scolding Sammy Jay and the two work together to outsmart Old Man Coyote. This timeless story, with original illustrations by Harrison Cady, not only entertains young readers and listeners, it also imparts valuable lessons about friendship, trust, and respect for the environment.
  cs13j | May 25, 2017 |
Paddy the Beaver is a newcomer to the forest who keeps to himself. But all the other creatures soon know he's there and come to see him, as his activities influence them all. The first thing he does upon deciding to live in their forest is, of course, build a dam. Which reduces the spring to a trickle and the pond to a puddle and the other animals are understandably upset. Paddy assures the others that once his dam is finished, the stream and pond will fill with water again. And they do: when the pond is at the depth he wants, the water flows over it and runs down the brook again. The other creatures are satisfied and come to visit Paddy. Some are quite critical of his apparent destruction in cutting down trees; others of his building methods, until they see the finished product and are properly impressed. Paddy is a nice fellow. He keeps his opinions to himself, is always pleasant to others and even flatters the annoying blue jay who then proves himself to be a staunch friend instead of a pest like he is to most critters.

Like with all his other nature books for children, Burgess has infused this one with some good lessons. Here he makes a case for the merits of hard work, good planning, not making quick judgements on first impressions, trusting one's friends, teamwork and the wisdom of often keeping your opinions to yourself.

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The creatures of the Green Forest get a big surprise when Paddy the Beaver decides to build a dam over the Laughing Brook to create a pool of water for his new home. The good-natured beaver's kindness eventually wins him new friends in this timeless tale that imparts valuable lessons.

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Chronicles the adventures of Paddy the Beaver and his animal friends.

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